Oh, No!

I was first called for County court jury duty thirty-two years ago when I was 26. I served as a juror on a criminal trial for a week. It was a kidnapping, assault, attempted rape, attempted murder case. The guy that we convicted was a repeat offender. The judge kept the jury after it was all over to tell us we’d done the right thing. The creep had just gotten out of prison, having served time for doing the exact same crime. 

Seven years later at age 33 I was called for County court again. I made it as far as a courtroom and then we were told the parties had settled so we were thanked for our service and sent home. 

Seven years later at age 40 my old friend County court called me again. This time I phoned in for almost a week, and they didn’t need me to come in. 

I went eighteen years without hearing a peep. I got home tonight and found a jury duty summons waiting for me. Not County court this time. Oh, no, that would be too easy. This time it was US District Court, and it’s not a week worth of commitment. Oh, no, this time my commitment is for ninety days. Ninety. Days. I’m on the hook from July 12th until October 11th. 

If I don’t get on a trial, I remain on call for ninety days. I’m not sure what happens if I do serve on a trial. Am I done, or do I stay on call?  Like any jury duty summons, there’s no way out of it. I’m stuck. 

If only they’d waited another twelve years. If I were 70, I could get excused. If I were caring for babies or the elderly, I could get excused. If I was considered essential to my job, I could get excused. While I’d like to think I’m pretty important, I don’t think the court would agree. 

So I’ll have a new experience whether I want one or not. Maybe I should add blue and purple highlights to the pink in my hair if I have to report. I’d make a statement anyway. 

18 thoughts on “Oh, No!

  1. Yikes! In Texas it’s one day if you aren’t selected, you’re done. I too dread those summons. Hate the thought of sitting in judgment of anyone, not to mention all the hours involved. I can’t begin to imagine 90 days of waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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  2. sorry Donna, but Federal jury duty is 90 days..whether you are chosen or not. And if you should decide not to show up? well, you are royally mucked up then as it is an automatic jail sentence. I just finished one. 90 days. served on four different juries. screwed up my vacation time, I missed the birth of a grand-baby and a son got married…….it sucked.

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    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! My employer only pays jury duty pay for two weeks. Beyond that, I’m not going to be able to pay my bills on $40/day jury pay. I hope I don’t have to sit on that many juries or I’m screwed.


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